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By Tonatiuh (Mon Aug 24, 2009 at 10:04:10 PM EST) (all tags)
- HuSi is dying, long live the summer.

- Job: none.

- Fixing the house, the history of the Pakistani rug :-/

- Australia: Sydney, Gold Coast.

- Film Studies and related stories.

- Half Marathon training.

- USian Christianity

- Books

- Opera

- HuSi is dying, long live the summer.

All of the sudden I am finding unabated pessimism about this veritable web site. I think the recession and the bankers are guilty of the decline, perceived or otherwise, of HuSi, so the sacrificial rites around the pig were necessary to move the gods to favour this website again. And I am sure those sausages were tasty.

- Job: none yet.

I should have a job application counter somewhere. The current situation is absolutely ridiculous: companies feel they are in a strong position so they describe an ultra IT worker and throw a laughable low salary for the skills demanded.

Honestly, employers should get a grip, I can get £40K doing anything else, working  9 to 5 without the levels of stress that senior IT jobs demand.

If they were describing a superhero's job spec they  would require X-vision, superhuman strength, wearing pants over trousers and a bad 50s hair do. Kryptonite allergic people should not apply.  Fill that position if you can...

This is not to say I have no prospects for properly paid positions, I have appointments this week for positions with $BIG_MEDIA_CONGLOMERATE and $CONSULTANCY_FOR_BIG_MULTINATIONAL_BANK. The common denominator: they are doing all the hiring themselves, without agencies.

While companies using agencies and agencies give you the lame "we are so busy we can't talk to you if we don't like you" the companies above have been in touch often, and one of them even apologised for delaying a bit to get back in touch after an initial interview. That is more like it should be.

- Fixing the house, the history of the Pakistani rug :-/

Now, to be perfectly honest, I have not applied myself to the job of finding a job as I should, because my new house in the London Republic of Somali-Poland is old and needs lots of work.

Loft needs redoing, electric wiring needs improvement, lots of plumbing required (there are unused pipes all around the place), the garden needed a lot of work, etc, etc ,etc. So my energy has been going there, while the occasional job applications are done in a hurry and without much consideration. Still, I counted them and it is an staggering amount of unsuccessful attempts. The people with little or no experience must be having a horrid time ....

Oh, the Pakistani rug, I bought a rug in Turkey (when I went to Antalya to watch the Solar eclipse 3 years ago) which I thought was Turkish (good quality according to people that know about this and have seen it), and my electrician, of Iranian descent, told me that the rug is Pakistani. He gathered that from all the inscriptions in Arabic script: they are in a Pakistani dialect :-) The wonders of multicultural London :-)

- Australia: Sydney, Gold Coast.

I am going to Australia next month. To be precise to the locations above. Trip related to the Triathlon World Cup (no, I don't compete, I am a simple spectator).

So if you have any suggestions about what to do in those places, chime in below.

- Film Studies and stories.

I don't know if you can see this:

if a wannabe has such an ego,  just imagine the egos of the people that are actually somebody in the industry. To be fair my teachers so far (who actually have made feature films) have being quite good and encouraging.

I suppose I am a sucker for punishment, nevertheless making films is immensely interesting, shame about some of the people on has to deal with.

Anyway, I have been honing my skills, I assembled a video for a wedding I attended while in Mexico last time (I directed several relatives, stopping them going crazy with their cameras, and putting together a movie based on the footage obtained). I have received lots of compliments about how "different" (i.e. not rubbish) the video is as compared to the traditional home video. A friend remarked that the actor doing the priest was quite believable :-D Most proud about not wasting my time entirely so far in my Film Making classes:-)

Next I will do a video about the Triathlon World Cup. A real challenge since I will not have buddies to boss around.

- Half Marathon training.

Stalled. One of my knees is playing tricks, so I am resting for now. The date of the race is looming large, so I hope I can get back on track soon. The race is in the Welsh Capital, which I don't know. Similar situation to Sheffield, HuSi's HQs: I use races to motivate me to keep running and to be arsed about knowing more about the British isles. I went to the same art gallery the appreciable HuSites attended after the recent hog feast, I stayed in the adjacent hotel, which happened to be in front of the starting point for the 10K race I attended when I was there.

Highly motivated by the Athletics World Championships, Usain Bolt is a force of nature, I wish I could run half as fast as he does :-/

- USian Christianity

It remains an enigma to me. It is puzzling how a nation that declares its religiosity so vociferously fails to even appreciate the possibility of being compassionate with the people you may the most reason to hate.

Is not compassion by chance the highest point of a Christian life? Love thy enemy is what Jesus the Christ said, wasn't it?

What would have Jesus done with a dying terrorist claiming the mercy of dying at home? I think whatever he would have done would have offended most people that are ranting about this matter.

If there is no foul play, the Scottish government have shown lots of courage in upholding the law as they see it should be enforced. Foolish but comendable if no oil deals are in the offing.

As for some US nutcases wanting to boycott Scottish or even UK products: get a grip, the UK is perhaps the only unconditional ally the US has nowadays....


"Wikinomics": rose tainted view of internet based social collaboration. Hits: Linux and Open Source as lasting trends, misses: Skype hype around eBay buyout (an akcnowledged mistake).

"DIgital Filmmaking" by Mike FIggis (Of "Leaving Las Vegas" fame). Interesting although ranting advice for new film makers (in synthesis: get out there and film. Now).

"The loneliness of the long distance runner": deprivation in post war England. A small masterpiece. Heartbreaking in many  parts.

"Nada": girl coming of age in post Civil War's Barcelona, you can feel your way around the streets of the old town and the pains of becoming an adult.


I bought the full series for the NY Met Opera live broadcasts, looking forward to several of them. Full programme here:

- HuSi is dying....

Nah, it is just the summer recess, waiting for the long depressing winter for the long winded ranting diaries. Er, wait ...

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"USian Christianity" by ucblockhead (4.00 / 3) #1 Tue Aug 25, 2009 at 12:36:31 AM EST
You say that like it is one entity.  The US probably has more Christian sects with a bigger variety of views than any other country on Earth.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
Agreed by gpig (4.00 / 1) #9 Tue Aug 25, 2009 at 10:26:44 AM EST
It's not clear to me that the nutters outnumber the moderates, either -- though it is obvious that the more extreme voices get more attention.
(,   ,') -- eep
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not only more attention by MillMan (4.00 / 3) #10 Tue Aug 25, 2009 at 01:51:49 PM EST
they are the ONLY ones that get attention.

When I try to nuance this with furriners, it rarely works; they're happy with the titillation and confirmation of stereotypes the media provides them.

"Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in financial crises." -Krugman

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It'll blow over by jump the ladder (4.00 / 2) #2 Tue Aug 25, 2009 at 02:31:37 AM EST
The US media and population has attention span of gnat. There'll be some other stupidity to get then hot under the collar. Still it dooes seem to be bash the UK time over there with the communistic horror that is the NHS and it's mass murdering "Death Panels" and now we're going soft on the terra-ists.

Agreed by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Aug 25, 2009 at 05:29:27 AM EST
They'll soon get back to hating the French like all right thinking people do ...... 

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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We never stopped that. by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #7 Tue Aug 25, 2009 at 08:22:50 AM EST
Frog bashing and the English Language are the two most important things we have in common. Or dividing us. Or something.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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Hoping to chair my local Death Panel. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 2) #3 Tue Aug 25, 2009 at 02:35:15 AM EST
Keeping the ol' fingers crossed!

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Re: HuSi is dying... by chuckles (4.00 / 2) #4 Tue Aug 25, 2009 at 03:33:09 AM EST
Well, Hulver /did/ just throw a big farewell party at his place!

"The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin [...] would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities"
Jesus? by Phil the Canuck (4.00 / 1) #6 Tue Aug 25, 2009 at 06:51:11 AM EST
Jesus would have used his fully-automatic rifle to shoot the terrorist dead.  Duh.

The Met by ni (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Aug 25, 2009 at 09:52:36 AM EST
I saw two (The Barber of Seville and Macbeth) last year and greatly enjoyed them. It's a wonderful program.

"These days it seems like sometimes dreams of Italian hyper-gonadism are all a man's got to keep him going." -- CRwM
Yeah, it actually encouraged us to drive there.. by infinitera (2.00 / 0) #12 Wed Aug 26, 2009 at 07:23:23 AM EST
As well, for this season (it's an easy day trip from Boston). Last season we saw Madame Butterfly and the Damnation of Faust.

[…] a professional layabout. Which I aspire to be, but am not yet. — CheeseburgerBrown

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Damnation of Faust was completely demented. by Tonatiuh (2.00 / 0) #13 Sat Aug 29, 2009 at 05:38:58 AM EST
People were wondering what was that all about :-)

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egos of the people that are actually somebody by Kellnerin (2.00 / 0) #11 Tue Aug 25, 2009 at 08:15:56 PM EST
You mean, people who have successfully worked on projects that depend on collaboration between hundreds of people? Sure, some of them are prima donnas, but you have to be able to work with others to get anywhere in the first place. And sure, you need to have confidence, drive, and conviction, but ego is no indicator of ability or success in any industry.

"Late to the party" is the new "ahead of the curve" -- CRwM
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